Apple’s Classic Media Player
QuickTime is a multimedia application developed by Apple that is capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. It’s basically a video player but with more functionality than most because it can act as a video editor, as well. It’s a default program in Mac computers, but support and development had been stopped for Windows since 2016.
Can You Play It?
As Apple’s default movie player for Macs, QuickTime is compatible with any videos you’ve purchased from iTunes or Apple TV, and it’s also optimized to run for Macs. It features an advanced video compression technology called H.264 to deliver brilliant, crisp HD video using less bandwidth and storage, so many have favored its quality for years. However, despite its compatibility with its base device, QuickTime has less audio and video format support than other video players—most of which, happen to be open-source and can run on any operating system. QuickTime can still play these unsupported formats, but you’d need to download and install the appropriate codecs for them even then, some technical issues might pop up when doing so. QuickTime lacks the powerful format support most other players have, like VLC Media Player, for example. VLC can easily play any media file and won’t require you to scour the internet for anything to help it run. QuickTime can, however, encode and transcode your digital files to other formats directly—but it can’t compete with how convenient the other players’ performance can be.
Versatile and Bold
Most people know QuickTime best for its multifunctionality, especially when you switch to the paid Pro version. Videos aren’t only what you can use with it—QuickTime can work with any kind of media file you have. It can become a video editor, as well, and you can customize your videos by trimming, rotating, splitting, or combining several video clips. Other popular features include the ability to record what’s happening on your screen, stream live videos using QuickTime Broadcaster, and even upload your videos directly to social networking and video sharing websites, like YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. Plus, there are several plug-ins that can give you more cool options in QuickTime. However, this is only great when you own a Mac. QuickTime is no longer being supported for Windows and the lack of updates and fixes completely drag it down the bottom of the pile for the best media players you can use for Microsoft devices.
Only in Apple
QuickTime has been a great media player for years, no doubt about that. Back then, people would prefer it to other players because of all the unique features it had. Apple still has it installed with their latest operating systems and only keeps on improving it. Unfortunately, while it’s an amazing and must-use application for Mac users, non-Mac users can’t enjoy it anymore—especially when there are other choices that beat it with greater performance and a wider range of formats they can run. It doesn’t help that for Windows, the multiple bugs left in the program when Apple stopped support can actually leave Windows computers vulnerable to hacking and viruses.